Entertainment TV Nick Offerman Nearly Turned Down 'The Last Of Us' Role Until Wife Megan Mullally Stepped In: 'You're Going' Offerman thanked his "incredible goddess of a wife" for convincing him to take on The Last of Us role as Bill — a lonesome survivalist with a gripping love story By Kelly Wynne Kelly Wynne Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 2, 2023 10:24 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Nick Offerman almost didn't appear in HBO's The Last of Us. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Offerman revealed he nearly said "no" to the role of Bill until his wife of nearly 20 years, Megan Mullally, suggested otherwise. "I didn't have time on the calendar to say 'yes' to this job, and my incredible goddess of a wife read [the script] — and she said 'You're going to Calgary, buddy,'" Offerman, 52, said. "'Have fun! You have to do this.'" David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Pedro Pascal Stars in First Look at HBO's The Last of Us Series Inspired by Popular Video Games Offerman's character Bill is a lonesome survivor of the show's apocalyptic-style events who is hesitant to form any sort of alliance with outsiders. However, Sunday night's episode saw another side to the rough-edged survivalist — one of deep love and connection. The episode went viral for bringing tears to the eyes of viewers as the show continues to gain widespread praise as an HBO success. Of the high praise Offerman's plotline has received, he told Jimmy Kimmel: "It's a wonderful tsunami of plaudits." Liane Hentscher/HBO "The episode began airing on Sunday. We had 6.4 million viewers," he continued. "HBO, they are so not f—ing around that they send me on The Jimmy Kimmel Show on Wednesday to cull the stragglers." He jokingly added, "The 17 of you that haven't seen it yet, you're in for a treat!" All About Bella Ramsey, the 19-Year-Old Star of HBO's The Last of Us Liane Hentscher/HBO The Last of Us is inspired by the video game of the same name, which was released in 2013. The show follows two survivors — Joel and Ellie (Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey) — an unlikely duo who work together to survive a fungal outbreak that has taken the lives (and consciousness) of most of humanity. HBO has already given the acclaimed drama an early season 2 renewal. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The Last of Us airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.